Back at the hat building, there is still more Tangled animation up in the hallway and it looks damn good to me. The crew is sold on the picture and is working longer hours to hit the schedule (I'm sure there are dissenters who believe in it less, but I find few of them.) ...
The concern, spoken and unspoken, is what happens when the picture wraps? As one artist explained to me:
"DreamWorks seems to be a well-oiled machine with lots of projects in work, but here they like to have 'director-driven' projects. They want to have a director developing a film that he's passionate about, they don't want to develop something and assign somebody.
"But face it. The director-driven feature doesn't always work. Pixar cancelled Newt, they didn't go ahead and 'fix' it. They stopped it.
"Disney needs more stuff in the pipeline. Chris Buck is developing a new project. A couple of other directors are working on stuff. Ron and John are pitching different hand-drawn projects to Lasseter. But after Pooh and Tangled are done, we've got a gap in the flow of features. I don't see what's ready to go into production after the current two ..."
Which explains why people on the production crew appear concerned about what they might be doing after the current CG and hand-drawn features are wrapped up.